Sleep Disorders

Hypnotherapy uses the deeply relaxed and natural state of hypnosis to help people create positive emotional and behavioural changes in a person’s life. It is a solution-based treatment that has been proven to be effective when working with a variety of sleep disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea (NHS: apnoea), and snoring.

What is the main cause of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea?

There could be many reasons why you aren’t getting consistent, quality sleep, and the consequences of reduced sleep can vary. Common sleep disorder experiences include:

  • having difficulty falling asleep
  • having trouble staying asleep
  • regular nightmares or night terrors
  • excessive daytime sleepiness
  • increased movement during sleep

Experts define insomnia as difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep. Acute insomnia, or short-term insomnia, might last for only a few nights. On the other hand, chronic insomnia means that your sleep is disrupted for at least for three or more nights a week and for several months.

In adults, the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is excess weight and obesity, which is associated with the soft tissue of the mouth and throat. During sleep, when throat and tongue muscles are more relaxed, this soft tissue can cause the airway to become blocked. Other causes can be excessive alcohol consumption, medicines and smoking, together with stress and anxiety, which can hinder a healthy sleep pattern.

A typical course of hypnosis treatment for someone with a sleep disorder will consist of an in depth evaluation followed by three 60 minute sessions. More sessions are sometimes recommended depending on the needs of the person.